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Trans Actress Jen Richards Cast in Recurring ‘Nashville’ Role

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Trans actress/activist Jen Richards will join the cast of CMT’s country music drama Nashville.  According to The Hollywood Reporter, Richards will play “a tough but understanding physical therapist who helps one of the series’ main characters through one of their most difficult challenges.”

This isn’t a one-time cameo, either. Richards is expected have a recurring role throughout the show’s fifth season.

On her Instagram account, Jen wrote, “It’s a small role, but a good one.”

 

Richards’s television career includes appearances on Logo’s Beautiful As I Want To Be, AOL’s True Trans with Laura Jane Grace, E!’s I Am Cait, and the Emmy-nominated series Her Story, which she also co-wrote and produced.

Richards will be the first trans character and the first openly trans actor on the CMT network. That’s a huge deal, especially for a network whose viewership tends to lean to the conservative side. Could Nashville’s casting decision help promote trans acceptance among country music fans?

(Featured photo via Instagram)